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Word of the day for July 7
sweet spot n
  1. Any place which is optimum for a certain action to occur.
  2. (slang, euphemistic) The clitoris, prostate gland, or other center of sexual pleasure.
  3. (physics, slang) The center of percussion.
  4. (sports) The optimal place on a bat, racquet, etc., with which to hit a ball, resulting in the latter rebounding with the maximum possible velocity.
PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated by some people as World Chocolate Day.

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Word of the day for July 11
acquis n
  1. Short for acquis communautaire.
    1. (law) The accumulated legislation, legal acts, and court decisions which constitute the total body of European Union law.
    2. (international law) The accumulated legislation and decisions of any international community.
PointingHand.svg The first session of the European Parliament after it became a directly elected body was held on this day in 1979. The Parliament exercises the lawmaking function of the European Union, and thus contributes towards the EU’s acquis.

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Word of the day for July 15
man-mark v
  1. (transitive, sports) To mark an opposition player closely.
PointingHand.svg The final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place today at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

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Word of the day for July 16
sassywood n
  1. A form of trial by ordeal in Liberia, typically involving a suspect drinking a poisonous concoction made from the bark of the ordeal tree Erythrophleum guineense, Erythrophleum ivorense, or Erythrophleum suaveolens (called sassy bark); by extension, other forms of trial by ordeal such as applying a heated machete to the suspect's legs, or dipping the suspect's hand into hot oil.
  2. The ordeal tree itself, the bark of which is used in the sassywood procedure.
PointingHand.svg The Republic of Liberia gained its independence on this day in 1847.

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Word of the day for July 23
maverick n
  1. An unbranded range animal.
  2. One who does not abide by rules.
  3. One who creates or uses controversial and/or unconventional ideas or practices.
  4. (military) A person in the military who became an officer by going to college while on active duty as an enlisted person.
  5. (poker slang) A queen and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.
PointingHand.svg Texas lawyer and politician Samuel Maverick, whose name is the source of the word, was born on this day 215 years ago in 1803.

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Word of the day for July 30
memory lane n
  1. (idiomatic, sometimes capitalized) A set of recollections available to be reviewed, especially accompanied by a feeling of nostalgia.
PointingHand.svg “Good morning, yesterday / You wake up and time has slipped away []” Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka, whose 1975 song “Times of Your Life” began with those words, was born on this day in 1941.

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Word of the day for July 31
adret n
  1. (geography) The sun-facing side of a mountain.
PointingHand.svg The summit of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, was successfully reached by Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli on this day in 1954, though under controversial circumstances.

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